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The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative Appoints Babson’s Dennis Hanno Chair of the Board of Trustees

Babson College Provost and Senior Vice President is GRLI's first North American Chair

The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) has appointed Dennis Hanno Chair of the Board of Trustees of the GRLI Foundation. Hanno is Provost and Senior Vice President at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, USA and is the first North American Chair of GRLI.

GRLI is a worldwide partnership of companies, business schools, and learning organizations working together in a laboratory of change to develop a next generation of globally responsible leaders.

Members of GRLI work together to transform business education and leadership development so that the long-term sustainability of business, the environment, and communities can be assured.

Hanno, whose appointment was effective as of January 1, 2014, says “The GRLI is one of the world’s leading organizations for driving the change in management education that is needed to develop a new generation of responsible leaders. It brings together top thought leaders from both business and academia to drive this change, and I’m honored to be able to lead the Board in setting the agenda for the GRLI’s activities. My goal is to involve even more constituents in this important work and increase the impact of the many great initiatives already underway.”

About Dennis Hanno

Dennis Hanno has held senior leadership positions at Babson College since arriving in 2006. Currently, he serves as Babson’s provost, senior vice president, and President’s Endowed Professor of Accounting, in addition to leading the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC) as executive director. Previously, he served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Matters in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and was on the faculty of Boston College.

He also plays an active role in the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) movement, including contributing to several of its annual forums and publications. As an accomplished accounting educator, he was named Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is actively involved in the accounting profession. He most recently was named one of BostInno’s 50 on Fire for revolutionizing undergraduate education and for the active role he plays in the Boston and Babson communities.

Hanno leads Babson’s many initiatives in Africa, focusing on creating a more entrepreneurial environment across the continent. As the executive director of the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center, the national host for Global Entrepreneurship Week, he oversees the work of the center’s in-country staff. Additionally, he has empowered thousands of youths in four African countries through a unique curriculum he developed called From Ideas to Action as founder and director of the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies.

Hanno earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, his Master of Science degree in accounting from Western New England College, and his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Barbara Spies Blair, blairb@babson.edu, 781-239-4621 | 1/28/2014 12:00 AM